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Should sports affect gas prices?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by farmerjerome, May 22, 2008.

  1. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    Okay, let me preface this by saying I'm drunk. Yes it's only 7:41 ET but it's my day off and I've been thinking about this a lot lately.

    Think about it. Sports (although we make our livings off them) are not absolute. Should sports at every level (high school, college and pro) consider toning down their schedules to accomadate the rising gas prices?

    Think about all the high school tournaments that teams travel state to state for. The non-league college games in Alaska and Hawaii. All of the cross-country flights in the pros. I'm not even including the miles that the AAU teams travel.

    Now I'm a big fan of sports (obviously). In high school they keep kids off the streets and in a lot of cases make the kids keep their grades up enough to play. In college they open the door to the pros to make a ton of cash, or at the very least provide elite athletes a way to get education and become very productive members of society.

    So, even if I haven't phrased this as best I could, should sports on all levels revise their skeds to save gas?
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Re: Should sports effect gas prices?

    Pssst...I think you mean affect. :D

    And no. I can watch all the games i want to see on TV without using fuel at all.
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Should sports effect gas prices?

    She's drunk, cut her some slack. Sober, she knows that shit.
  4. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Re: Should sports effect gas prices?

    On the high school level, schools around here are altering their schedules. Track teams are holding more tri- and quad-meets. If there's even a hint of rain, they'll postpone the game instead of driving to the site, having the game rained out, then having to return.
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Re: Should sports effect gas prices?

    In the mid-1970s, as a result of the first gas crisis (when prices shot from 30c a gallon to 80-90c a gallon), many of the high school leagues in our area realigned on strictly geographical bases. There were schools 5 miles apart, in the same enrollment class, who never played each other, while each making 200-mile round trips to play league games.

    Since then, a lot of these strictly geographical leagues have realigned again, forming mega-leagues with divisions selected on a "competitive" basis, and once again they're ending up with 60-80 mile trips for league games sometimes.
  6. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member


    I'm glad someone had faith in me. I actually stared at the screen for a while debating effect and affect. As I debated awhile and a while -- this is after a bottle of wine and several mimosas.

    I'm also glad to see that some schools, on the high school level at least, are making some strides. As much as I love covering sports (even though it's my second job now) they don't absolutely have to be there.

    I remember being a junior in high school when all of our after school programs were being cut -- except for sports and I questioned it. Nearly 12 years later the same budget went down and I still question it.
  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I'll cut slack if you make me a mimosa!
  8. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Honestly, I don't see it making that much of an impact. The gas used by one team to get to a basketball game, etc, is a drop compared to what they'd use on a daily basis with all their buses.
  9. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    I think at the preps level, the first travel that gets cut will be for the junior varsity and freshman teams. Varsity teams will be immune when it comes to conference trips, obviously, but I can see some of those long-distance nonconference trips getting cut.

    As for the youth sports, like ASA softball, etc., those teams will still travel all summer. Those parents will drive themselves into bankruptcy before they give up those summer tournament trips.
  10. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    The sport I've always been curious about is racing. As in people driving really fast in circles, wasting gas. Any chance nascar or indy car races get shortened or changed?
  11. markvid

    markvid Guest

    If I'm not mistaken, it's not the same mix we use in our cars, or am I just nuts on that?
  12. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    they should all drive priuses
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